Cosmetic Dentistry

Aesthetic Dentistry Procedures

Expert Cosmetic Dentistry in La Grange

A cosmetic dentist is one who helps improve a patient’s smile and appearance. While restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures overlap (for example, bonding and crowns), the difference lies in the intent. The goal of restorative dentistry is to repair teeth back to their full function, while the intent of cosmetic dentistry is to go beyond function to achieve the patient’s desired appearance.

We offer a range of teeth makeover and teeth reshaping procedures to help patients:

  • Change the size, shape and alignment of certain teeth
  • Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth
  • Improve or correct bites
  • Lighten or brighten the color of teeth
  • Repair decayed, broken, cracked or chipped teeth
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Replace old, unattractive dental treatments

Our Most Common Aesthetic Dentistry Procedures

Composite Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are used to replace unsightly silver-colored ones. Old fillings are removed and replaced with an alternative material made from a composite plastic resin material. Composite fillings match the natural color of your teeth for a more aesthetically pleasing look. No one will know you had a cavity treatment!

Porcelain Crowns

While dental crowns are designed to cover damaged or broken teeth and restore their functions, they can also be used for cosmetic purposes. A tooth-colored crown is often placed over a discolored or misshapen tooth to improve the appearance of one’s smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers improve the look of discolored, chipped or unevenly spaced teeth. Thin pieces of tooth-colored porcelain resembling shells are custom-made and placed over the tooth’s surface. After preparing the surface by removing a small portion of the existing enamel, the veneer is bonded to the front of the tooth. This may be a good option if teeth whitening hasn’t worked for you.

Bonding

While bonding is a restorative procedure used to fix cracked or chipped teeth, it is also used for cosmetic purposes, most commonly to fill small gaps between teeth or correct stains easily and quickly. The porcelain or composite material is applied to the surface of the tooth and then sculpted into the desired shape before it is bonded onto the tooth via a high-intensity light.

Teeth Replacement

Some people choose not to replace missing teeth. However, bridges, dentures and implants keep your mouth healthy so you can chew and speak normally and prevent teeth from shifting. Replacing missing teeth with bridges, dentures or implants also helps to improve your smile and maintain your face’s natural shape, both of which increase your self-esteem and confidence.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth become discolored over time as a result of smoking, certain medications, and what we eat and drink. If your teeth are looking a little brown or yellow, a professional tooth-whitening procedure is more effective in achieving bright, white teeth than the products you find in your local drugstore.

Teeth Straightening

Crooked or uneven teeth, whether caused by genetics or an injury, can cause embarrassment and make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Traditional braces or clear aligners are great solutions. Unlike traditional metal braces, clear aligners do their work invisibly. It’s never too late to straighten your teeth — aligners are especially ideal for adults who find metal braces off-putting!

Cosmetic Dentistry from Dr. Wallace and Team

During the past decade, we have seen a dramatic increase in interest about dental cosmetology. We all realize that having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile enhances our appearance and allows us to smile with confidence. Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, we are able to improve our teeth and smiles with quick, painless and surprisingly affordable treatments.

A Great Smile Begins
with Healthy Teeth